Cinema of the Edge
After a long investigation into whether or not the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BiFF) would be happening this year, I was told that in a robotic tone that "there are no screenings or events happening this year". After pressing the woman on the phone she dropped a hint that is was "inconvenient to speak any further...at the moment", leading me to suspect that the line was under surveillance; last year the power to the festival was cut by authorities and the directors were unlawfully detained (picture below). This is the reality of independent film in China.
Luckily, a band of filmmakers, cinephiles, and supports are bringing the best of BiFF to online audiences. If you're interested in getting a taste of what stories they don't want you to see, follow this link for free access to the 2015 BiFF festival on MUBI:
You can read more about BiFF and Cinema on the Edge here: https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/cinema-on-the-edge-on-mubi